Planning some "goings-on" for upcoming Nurses Week....you know, decorating, recognizing, special and festive "feedings", adorning....the usual celebratory stuff, but more-so than in the past. (This is my first year as part of the management team.)
I now know why the nurses are just barely given a celebration of any kind. Nursing managers have to pay for it themselves!
I really thought there must be a pot (or even a smallish bowl) of $ for this provided by the hospital!
Spoke to the administrator myself, who said "We don't show preference to any specific department for any of "their weeks". We recognize the whole hospital". I suppose he has a point. Now, I know from personal experience in this hospital, that Hospital Week has NEVER been celebrated. I said, "Oh, so you are planning something for hospital week then (closely following nurses week)? GREAT!". He said something vague about ordering pizzas or having a hamburger fry for all.
Is this pretty typical? I am ready and willing to fund the celebration myself so it will be nice enough for our great staff, with some input from the willing nursing admin. secretaries, but don't want to step on the toes of the DON, who gets a bit territorial about others showing appreciation to the nurses. (She has already purchased a trinket for everyone, so I'm not sure she will want anymore spent. She did not talk to me or anyone else before doing this on her own, so may not be open to a bigger deal). Any advice?